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February 17, 2013

Gladysz, Horne capture 2nd section title at 3-AA Tournament

---- — GREENVILLE — If you are a District 10 Section 3-AA opponent, don’t begrudge Greenville’s grapplers. The Trojans have been tallying titles since the 1950’s, and the 2013 crown — the program’s 21st — was added to the resumé Saturday evening.

Trojans’ taskmaster John Reynolds (164-48) is reeling in Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall-of-Famer Dave Clelland (171-14-1) and Reynolds’ predecessor, Jim Miller (167-92), for the program’s career coaching wins mark.

“It’s humbling, because I don’t have near the winning percentage those guys did,” Reynolds related. “I know it was a different time, but those were some Hall-of-Fame coaches, and I’m just glad to be a part of the program.

 “Wrestling history is important to the sport, and to get this Section back and keep that thing going ...

“Jim Miller was here, David Clelland Junior, alumni. All those people come back to support the program. They have high expectations, and the kids have high expectations, and they really stepped up and did a phenomenal job,” Reynolds praised.”

For Reynolds, hanging another banner on the wall “ ... no way does it ever get old. To graduate the kids that we did last year, and to come back and repeat as Section champions is just a great feeling,” Reynolds related. “We’re kind’ve under the radar this year, so I’m pretty tickeled.”  Greenville gobbled up 185 points to outdistance Cochranton (151).

Jase Paxton propelled Greenville to its championship finals flourish by pinning of Jamestown’s Faris Messai a heartbeat before the 1st period ended. Paxton improved to 29-10.

Blake Horne — the 2011 champion at 140 pounds — outlasted Cochranton’s Caleb Peterson, 8-4. Horne improved to 28-6 on the slate, while preventing Peterson’s pursuit of the career century mark. Peterson is now 97-47.

Also. Greenville’s Gage Gladysz garnered the 160-pound crown via a 5-2 verdict over Maplewood’s Jake Parsons (25-6). On a freshman, Gladysz gained his 31st win of the season against only 8 setbacks.

Concluding a span of 4 consecutive bouts involving Greenville grapplers, Justin Reynolds (29-10) recorded a 3rd Trojans’ triumph with a decision over Maplewood’s Isaiah Stearns.

And Braden Gladysz (32-5) got Greenville’s final gold of the evening when he pinned Maplewood’s Tim Galford. Gladysz garnered his 2nd straight Section title, and Reynolds reported the Gladysz brothers are believed the first siblings to secure Section 2-AA crowns in the same season.

A highlight for Jamestown was senior Nick Floch, who forged his 100th career win with a flourish via a 65-second pin of Maplewood’s Zak Dennis. Floch improved to 22-3 on the season.

Floch’’s Muskies’ mate, Seth Thurber (138), won by injury default, also.

Other Sectional tourney titlists included: Cochranton’s Nate Kline (26-7) at 113 pounds and his Redbirds’ teammate Robert Boozer (145).

Boozer (29-5) bested Conneaut Area’s Talor Ellis (27-5) in one of the Finals’ more entertaining bouts. Ellis erupted from a 7-2 deficit to knot the match at 7, before Boozer reversed him during the 3rd period’s latter stages.

Also for Cochranton, coached by former Reynolds High standout John Svirbly, Austin Andrews (170) annexed his 106th career win (36 losses) with a 9-5 decision over Greenville’s Zach Miller. Andrews is now 27-3 on the season. And yet another Crimson Crusher, Cam Cyphert (26-1), copped the 220-pound crown.

Cyphert secured his 2nd straight Section 2-AA title and is the defending District 10 titlist at 220 pounds. He stood 6th in last season’s PIAA Championshipss.

Northwestern’s Matt Wheeler (27-2) at 120; Conneaut Area’s Kyle Lukovich (28-6) at 126, and Cambridge Springs’ Zach Stafford (22-6), at 195, also copped crowns.

Notes: Gage Gladysz garnered the semifinals shocker, as his takedown at the buzzer edged Cochranton senior Ryan Northcott 3-2. Both entered the bout with 27-8 won-loss ledgers. ... Coach of the year was Maplewood?s Matt Wilcox.

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